A roundtrip capital exploration with culture and wildlife in between

From food and wine, to culture and scenery, your journey through South Africa will leave a permanent mark as one of your greatest adventures. A land of contrasts, South Africa has bustling cities, sprawling vineyards, arid nature reserves and magnificent coastline.

Highlights

  • Cape Malay cuisine home-hosted cooking class

  • Full day tour of Cape Peninsula, including Boulders Beach

  • Four game drives to see the Big 5

  • Marine safari in Hermanus - the best humpback whale watching in the world

  • Farewell dinner at the famed GOLD Restaurant in Cape Town

Itinerary for South Africa

Day 1: Cape Town

Welcome to South Africa! An included transfer will bring you to our hotel. This afternoon we’ll meet our Local Leader and fellow travelers to talk about the adventure that lies ahead. Together, our group will go to the Bo-Kaap side of the Cape, where we’ll participate in an authentic Cape
Malay cooking class in a local home. This culinary introduction to South Africa is the perfect setting for dinner. (d)

  • Transfers are private. You’ll be met by a Club Adventures representative and shuttled to your hotel.
  • Please plan your flight to arrive prior to 12pm
  • Dinner tonight is interactive and will feature flavors from the original slaves and ancestors, who came to The Cape, from Indonesia, India and The Middle East. With the combination of all these recipes and spices, the Cape Malay Cuisine was created. Vegetarian options will be available.
  • Our hotel in Cape Town: The Cloud 9 Boutique

Day 2: Cape Town

A full day of sightseeing includes traveling along the Cape Peninsula today. Meandering through Simon’s Town and Fish Hoek, we’ll drive along Chapman’s Peak out to Cape Point where we’ll see both the Indian and Atlantic oceans. Meet the local penguins on the way back to Cape Town while visiting Cape of Good Hope and Boulders Beach. (b)

  • Breakfast this morning is a full buffet at our hotel.
  • This is a full day out – 8 hours of touring.
  • Our hotel in Cape Town: The Cloud 9 Boutique

Day 3: Cape Town

Today is unscripted, allowing you to let your personal adventure unfold. Relax at the hotel
or take part in one of the many activities that Cape Town has to offer. Options include: a half-day township experience, a visit to Robben Island or Table Mountain, or traveling the winery routes surrounding the city. (b)

  • Optional tours can be purchased at time of booking. See the ‘Add-Ons’ tab for optional tour information and pricing
  • Breakfast this morning is a full buffet
  • Our hotel in Cape Town: The Cloud 9 Boutique

Day 4: Cape Town > Aquila

Today we leave Cape Town behind and travel inland for our safari experience. Spend the next two nights discovering the majesty of African wildlife and searching for the Big Five! Upon arrival at the lodge we’ll enjoy a welcome drink and lunch, then head out on an afternoon game drive. Tonight after dinner, if the skies are clear, we’ll enjoy some stargazing in the wide-open Southern Hemisphere. (b, l, d)

  • Breakfast this morning is a full buffet
  • Lunch and dinner today will be provided at our safari lodge
  • Game drives will take place in open 4×4’s driven by a ranger guide
  • Our Safari Lodge: Aquila Safari Lodge & Spa

Day 5: Aquila

Rising with the sun, we continue our search for the Big Five. Return to the lodge for a leisurely breakfast and free time. After lunch, we’ll journey out for another game drive — keeping our eyes
peeled for cheetahs, elephants, lions, leopards and more! This evening, return to the lodge for dinner. (b, l, d)

  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner today will be provided at our safari lodge
  • Game drives will take place in open 4×4’s driven by a ranger guide
  • Spa treatments can be booked upon arrival at your safari lodge
  • Our Safari Lodge: Aquila Safari Lodge & Spa

Day 6: Aquila > Hermanus

Enjoy a final game drive this morning before heading to the coastline to the beautiful seaside village of Hermanus. Settle into our hotel, only a short walk to cliff paths, shops and the historic
Hermanus Village square. Look out toward the ocean, as this area is the best land-based whale watching destination in the world! (b)

  • Breakfast today will be provided at our safari lodge
  • Our hotel: The Windsor Hotel

Day 7: Hermanus

A marine safari awaits us this morning! We’ll meet our Insider Expert marine guides, and after a short briefing, begin our Dyer Island Cruise. This area of ocean is home to southern right whales,
African penguins, great whites, Cape fur seals and dolphins. This afternoon take part in an included excursion of your choice: lagoon kayaking, sandboarding or zip lining. (b)

  • Breakfast today will be a full buffet at our hotel
  • Dyer Island Cruise is a 2-3 hour, fully guided ocean cruise
  • Included excursion can be selected at time of booking
  • Our hotel: The Windsor Hotel

Day 8: Hermanus > Cape Town

As we venture back to Cape Town today, we’ll stop and enjoy tastings at three wineries, sampling the famous South African varietals. A final afternoon in Cape Town sets the stage for the evening’s farewell dinner at the famous Gold Restaurant, where dinner and entertainment cap off
our South African adventure. (b, d)

  • Breakfast today will be a full buffet at our hotel
  • Our hotel: Cape Town Lodge, Cape Town
  • Dinner tonight is a 14-course tasting menu at GOLD restaurant

 

DAY 9: Cape Town
Our adventure ends today. (b)

  • Your transfer to the airport is included.
    Breakfast today will be a full buffet at our hotel (unless you are leaving before breakfast is open).

Things to know before traveling to South Africa

This tour includes 14 meals. We’ve alloted time for you to experience the local cuisine on your own accord. When eating on your own, please note that lunches typically cost $10-15USD and dinners range from $12-25USD per person. All breakfasts are included in this tour.  These are indicative prices only. If you are in a tight budget or are happy to try local food, you can eat cheaper than this. If you want to try just the finest food at the finest restaurants, then you can expect meals to cost as much as in western countries.

Weather

Yes it is Africa, however the winter months can be very cold. Please bring warm winter clothing such as wool pullover and a jacket.

Currency

The official currency of South Africa is the Rand (ZAR).

Entry Requirements

Visas are the responsibility of the individual traveller. Entry requirements can change at any time, so it’s important that you check for the latest information. Please visit the relevant consular website of the country or countries you’re visiting for detailed and up-to-date visa information specific to your nationality. Your consultant will also be happy to point you in the right direction with acquiring visas. Visas can take several weeks to process, so familiarise yourself with any requirements as soon as you have booked your trip to allow for processing time.

Many countries do not need visas to visit South Africa as a tourist for up to three months. Please check with the relevant consulates as to whether a visa is required

Entry Requirements – Passports:
Please note that non-machine readable passports are no longer accepted by South African immigration. All visitors to South Africa must have a machine readable travel document (e-passport). Failure to present an e-passport will result in denied entry. Passengers with a valid visa issued in a non-machine readable passport will be handled on a case by case basis, but a fine will still be applicable.

Entry Requirements – Yellow Fever Certificate:
A valid Yellow Fever Vaccination Certificate is required for all passengers over one year of age who arrive or are transiting through South Africa, from a country or region listed by the World Health Organization as infected by yellow fever. Travellers unable to present a valid yellow fever vaccination certificate issued at least 10 days before arrival in South Africa will be refused entry. There is no option for travellers without a vaccination certificate to be vaccinated on arrival. Please note this also includes transiting through an infected country or region.

Travel insurance is compulsory for all our trips. We require that, at a minimum, you are covered for medical expenses including emergency repatriation. We strongly recommend that the policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects. Please ask your travel agent or Club Adventures team member for insurance options at time of booking.

Add-ons available before and after your trip to see the most of South Africa

Pre-Night Add-ons

CAPE TOWN
Double Occupancy: starting at $275 per room
Single Occupancy: starting at $205

There are seasonal rates for additional accommodation. Please ask your Club Adventures representative at time of booking.


Post-Night Add-ons

CAPE TOWN
Double Occupancy: starting at $275 per room
Single Occupancy: starting at $205

There are seasonal rates for additional accommodation. Please ask your Club Adventures representative at time of booking.


Optional Tours

DAY 3 – Cape Town

  • Half Day Township Experience – $75 per person
  • Robben Island (weather permitting) – $50 per person
  • Table Mountain (weather permitting) – $45 per person
  • Half Day Wine Route Tour (with wine and cheese tasting) – $100 per person
  • Full Day Wine Route Tour (with wine and cheese tasting) – $150 per person

9 days, from $2,999 USD